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About Fairview Dining Room
Year after year, the cuisines served up at the Fairview earn the highest marks among respected food critics and peer reviewers. Our Executive Culinary team is widely regarded for their unique "regional neo-American" specialties. The Fairview has received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award for 22 consecutive years and is the recipient of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rating for two consecutive years.
From our ever-so-tempting appetizers to the last irresistible morsel of our homemade desserts, every meal at the Fairview is executed with discriminating taste and renowned attention to detail. The Inn's extensive wine list, recognized annually by the Wine Spectator Magazine, assures the perfect wine compliment for your meal. Exquisite food, impeccable presentation, attentive service, and a cordial, elegant ambiance make the Fairview the area's restaurant of choice.
Durham, NC 27705
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am; Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Afternoon Tea: Wednesday - Sunday: 2:30pm - 4:30pm. Reservations are required, please contact the restaurant directly.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Light classics are played on our baby Grand on Friday & Saturday evening 7pm-10pm, Saturday & Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm.
On site secure parking, with complimentary valet.
Private Party Facilities:
Private Party Contact:
Bobby Gorham or James Holcomb: (919) 493-6699
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Fairview Dining Room Ratings and Reviews
Went with friends, who had never been there, for our birthdays and they were enthralled with the whole dining experience. Unfortunately, I made the reservations for 3 and said we were celebrating 2 birthdays, when I should have said 3 (they're twins), so we all shared two candles.
We had a wonderful time and would hope to do it again for next year's birthdays.
I have dined at the Fairview many times, but this was the first time the meal was so disappointing.
There was a very extended delay between the 1st course and our meals. When the meals did arrive, they were not up to standard. The grits were awful! Bland without any flavor or seasoning. The table must have used the whole shaker of salt on the grits. The eggs benedict were cool and the hollandaise sauce was congealed. We had to ask for more, but it did not help. The meal went half eaten. She was very disappointed. The dessert table did have some good choices, the berry crisp was nice.
We will return, but disappointed over all with this meal.
What a terrible restaurant! The service was below a regular one dollar sign restaurant. We asked for bread three times before it was brought to us, and we had to ask a different server! Then he brought one small basket of bread for a table of 13 people. What? He asked us to finish the basket before he can bring more. What kind of outrage! This was embarrassing for me to host the business meal. Then he went around tripping over chairs and clanking around with silverware. Not only was service slow, he served us one dessert short that was included in the set menu, and we had to ask him to come back again a third time (AFTER THE CHECK WAS SIGNED AND HE TOOK THAT AWAY TOO) so he can practice counting with us. How humiliating. Would not recommend for anyone to go through the high bucks torture.
My first visit to the Fairview Dining Room in the Washington Duke Inn, a very high class historic Inn just off the Duke University Campus in Durham, NC. The two meals my wife and had were well prepared and just perfect. She had a Grouper dish with potato and fresh veggies, I had a nice flat iron steak with broccolini and a posta, they were presented in an elegant fashion. Drinks were perfect and if you go early there is a separate bar/lounge that is very nice and inviting.
We would have expected more from such a great resorts main restaurant. Service was terrible. Food was below average, over cooked and took forever to get considering we were one of a few tables in the restaurant. The rest of the resort and golf course were excellent.
The food and atmosphere is great for special occasions with fine dining experience. Having the early bird special gives you a full course, value meal from the main menu items. The food is always fresh and often local when available. The servers are attentive and we had a piano player complete the atmosphere.
My daughter and I were celebrating a special occasion and the Fairview's brunch came to mind. We got a reservation - always a good idea. We had to wait in a comfortable but crowded waiting space, but only for a few minutes. The wait staff were attentive without being a nuisance and kept bringing us coffee even after our food was long gone (but not our conversation). We'll be back, for sure.
Good but slightly irritating to get a follow up from Open Table suggesting that I hadn't honored my reservation clearly at the behest of the restaurant. Given that I'd gone to the extent of spelling my name to the receptionist so that she could find the reservation in the first place, not exactly impressive. However apart from that the food was good and the ambience is excellent particularly when you can sit outside in the summer.
We inadvertently came on a home basketball night so the traffic was terrible, the hotel crowded and most disappointingly, the menu limited. Nonetheless we had a very pleasant dinner. Our waiter was superb and the food was good. The restaurant cleared out about the time we arrived as folks left for the game. For a short time we were blissfully by our selves in one corner of the dining area and then they seated another couple right next to us even though that part of the room was otherwise empty.
We will come back but certainly not on a game night or day.
The manager was quite energetic and polite. He did check on us frequently. The service of the food between courses really slowed down after the appetizer course and after the dinner course awaiting dessert. Could be a little less wait time. Food was excellent, the chowder especially.
Our experience at the Fairview was spectacular from beginning to end. The service was impeccable, and the food was fantastic. Our favorite was the dessert bar, of course. Every course we had and each item the four of us had was quite good - fresh, tasty and well cooked.
Had a reservation at the Fairview for Valentines Day. The food was amazing. They had a live pianist playing all sorts of songs ranging from contemporary to lovey romantic ones. They had a specific Valentines Day menu that was a 4 course meal. Wine was excellent. The price of the food was a bit on the expensive side; however, for a romantic get-away dinner, it was definitely worth it.
What a lovely experience. My husband and I tried Fairview Dining room for the first time and we were so happy we did. We came up from Raleigh looking for a new place. We were delighted to find a quiet, old school restaurant with modern cuisine. Our meal was so delicious - the duck was incredible and the bison filet to die for!! Our server was great as well. We will be back.
I had not been to the Fairview in 25 years, and that was for the Christmas Day Buffet, which I still remember as fantastic! The decor and atmosphere are formal and elegant and the service was excellent. My cocktail was well executed as was my dessert. Unfortunately, the entree, which was medium rare bison strip sirloin was so salty it was inedible. When my server inquired about it, I was honest with him and he rightly offered to bring something else, but because I was somewhat full due to a smaller stomach from gastric bypass surgery, I didn't want a replacement. He said he would pass my comment about it being too salty on to the chef. I did have vanilla ice cream & cafe latte for dessert - both delicious. The server did not offer to comp my entree, but I think the offer to substitute another entree was fair. I had looked forward to this dinner and attended a performance in Duke Chapel afterward, and was sorely disappointed in the flavor of my entree!
Menu was very very poor unexpected and very few choices no specials. Service was moderate to good all young people. Table itself , the structure was very poor shook and rocked all over the place. It took 3 people to fine manager. To tell him. He said he wishes we would have said something . !! Ok. Who wants to sit in 5 star table. . Them move after we have seated and started . Get it right before I sit
For Restaurant Week, the $15 lunch was the best deal going. Excellent food, and a delightful meal. This is an annual event; i am already looking forward to when it comes around again! It is also a great recommendation to the quality of the food on a daily basis, which is outstanding.
The Fairview is really resting on whatever shrivelled laurels it still has and to a certain extent relying on a captive audience that now has many more choices. The decor is outmoded, and the food extremely average. We went for the Triangle restaurant week, which has a short, good value lunch menu. Now, I know that the average client of the Fairview is well over 60 (by the looks of it) but if I wanted to attract a younger clientele - something that is necessary if you want to survive in Durhams burgeoning restaurant scene - I would make the calculation that younger or first time visitors (I am both) might try it out first with this menu. A discounted menu is not an excuse for so-so cooking, it's an opportunity to do great things with cheap ingredients. This place did neither. I went to try it out, as I'd heard it was an upscale dining experience, and sometimes it's nice to have a 'white tablecloth' experience. If it had been any good I would have been back many times. As it was I will not go again. The service, although some staff were inexperienced, was very good.
Lovely ambiance for special birthday lunch. The Triangle Restaurant Week menu was impressive and delicious. Our only challenge was initially-undercooked fish, which the waitstaff and kitchen quickly corrected. Very nice place for lunch, especially by the windows.
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